Someone in our library had the idea: why not allow children to bring home a piece of our makerspace, the TEA Room (Technology, Engineering, and Art). Thus the TEA kit, our circulating technology kit was born.
School age and tween library users will let you know the hottest computer gaming webpages—just ask them or watch them. I remember the days of high IMVU use, which I admit was not a personal favorite. I was thrilled when Minecraft became all the rage, as it allows users to create and build…in other words, teaching young people geometry and spatial skills underhandedly, while they were having fun.
“Station, this is Houston. Are you ready for the event?” “Houston, this is Station. We are ready.” “Wallingford Public Library, this is Mission Control Houston. Please call Station for a voice check.” “Station, this is Allison Murphy with Wallingford Public Library. How do you hear me?” “We are ready to speak with you.” Gulp.
Enlightening & Teaching 2017 was a whirlwind year, with many, many unprecedented changes, challenges and fear. To help our youngest patrons, it is critically important that we aid in their enlightenment, making them more socially aware, teaching them new concepts, and making them more culturally competent. For 2018, I encourage you to explore these terms through your youth programming. This will aid not only the children, but their parents as well. So, let’s go! Following each term will be suggestions for aiding you deliver these important concepts: Diversity My wife – Marianne Dolce, a highly successful school media specialist – showed me how to take a picture book or a story and build a theme from it – to reverse the storytime building process, and thereby integrate diverse materials into storytime – Every. Single Week. Read up on ALA’s “Importance of Diversity” Entitlement These quick “fables” help teach children all…
In October 2016, members of the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group came to my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio to offer a training on using Hip Hop as a gateway to coding with Scratch.
Not Another New Year’s Resolution Article I promise. No eye candy. No videos strung by html with care. But it is Elf themed, which you need to watch if you haven’t already. You’ve got just six weeks and four days before the new year makes you keep writing 2017 for a few weeks. Resolution lists anyone? Please tell me you aren’t recycling last years, or even lamely “upcycling” them, just to sound trendy or get your friends off your back. Let’s get real, and let’s apply it to our professional world. Here we go… Mentoring For the love of candy canes, you have a story to tell, and believe it or not, you could totally help out an up and coming mentee. No, really. And it’s easy to get matched. For example, Florida Library Association has a mentoring program every year, that officially only runs one year at a time,…
I have been itching to do an afternoon craft program at my new branch, which schedule wise, is not as easy as it sounds.
This is the story of how I became the dancing, librarian-scientist known as Martha Graham Cracker. A librariantist!